American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Alaska, Mount Juneau

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  • Publication Year: 1955

Alaska, Mount Juneau—Rex Conley (14) and Dennis Olsen (14) climbed to the summit of Mt. Juneau on July 26. In returning they decided to take a “short cut.” Presumably they descended the ridge back of Evergreen Bowl. Part way down Conley slipped and fell down one of the steep cliffs that form the face of the mountain. The total distance fallen was estimated

as 150 feet. Conley suffered lacerations and bruises about his head. After first aid by Olsen, they virtually slid the rest of the way into Juneau.

Source: Newspaper clipping.

Analysis: This accident demonstrates that cliffed areas covered with trees and shrubs may be extremely deceiving and one must exercise great caution while travelling over them. This accident, in addition, shows the hazard of “short cuts.” Since so many accidents have occurred in this area, a series of warning signs might help to prevent further accidents.

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